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Complete our optional online application if you are interested in teaching Geri-Fit at a licensed facility. Geri-Fit training programs are accredited through NSCA, ACE, NCCAP, and the California Department of Social Services. Our next tour date is Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. Registration is now open. Click on the links below for more information or to sign up.



Phoenix, AZ  Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Registration deadline is 3/10/18.

The Geri-Fit Company offers accredited training and continuing education programs for group fitness instructors, lifestyle coaches, personal trainers, lay leaders and other healthcare professionals. The courses are approved by the State of California Department of Social Services (CDSS)*, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP).

Geri-Fit training and certification will provide you with working knowledge of teaching safe and effective strength training exercise that will improve clients’ functional capacity, arthritic conditions, and increase their balance, flexibility and strength. You will also learn when to institute exercise modifications and substitutions when teaching a senior fitness class or working privately with older adults. There are no aerobics, choreography, dancing or floorwork used as part of the training. Most of the strength training exercises and stretches you’ll be learning will be performed seated in chairs.

The accredited training program is open to the public regardless of your credentials or experience.  If you are already leading an evidence-based program such as A Matter of Balance or other EBPs, and you are comfortable speaking to large groups and leading group classes, you are automatically eligible to take the Geri-Fit instructor training and certification program. 

Otherwise, ideal candidates should consider becoming pre-certified or already be certified by a nationally-recognized fitness organization such as NSCA, ACE, AFFA, ACSM, W.I.T.S., AFPA, IFPA, NASM, NESTA, or NFPT and/or have a minimum of 2 years experience teaching group exercise classes, personal fitness training, EBPs, or lifestyle coaching. Candidates with degrees in exercise physiology, kinesiology, gerokinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other medical and healthcare professions are also eligible.

Study time and exercise practice varies from 20-80 hours, depending on your experience with strength training and your knowledge of the exercises.  Training consists of watching a few strength training dvds, interacting through our state-of-the-art online training education center, reading the instructor manual, and practicing (describing out loud the directions for performing each strength training exercise in less than 30 seconds) the strength training exercises and stretches that are used in Geri-Fit® exercise program. Prior manual and video review are required before attending the workshop.

Instructors attend a one day, 8-hour training workshop led by a Geri-Fit Master T-Trainer, licensed physical therapist, or occupational therapist and undergo a Practical Exam throughout the day. There’s also a 100-question open book written exam with a 75% grade or better needed in order to pass.

If you can't attend a live, instructor-led certification workshop, we have an accredited online training course which is also approved by ACE and NSCA for 2.0 CEUs (CECs). 


Our HELP Desk is divided into categories in order for you to find the answer to your question more readily.  Click on these categories below or use our Search box to find the answers to your questions. If you can't find the answer to your question, email us and we'll be happy to help you.

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General Questions Index
Question Answer
I can't afford the certification and training fees. How do I get help with getting some of the costs covered? Answer
Does Geri-Fit offer any internship programs? Answer
If I am going to be teaching at a company-owned and managed location, do I need to obtain my own Professional Liability Insurance? Answer
I've been teaching Silver Sneakers for years. Why do I still have to go through Geri-Fit training in order to each the Geri-Fit exercise program? Answer
Besides insurance, are there any other requirements in becoming an instructor and teaching at a company-owned and managed location? Answer
If I don't want or need the CECs or CEUs, is there any discount off the price of the course(s)? Answer
How is the Geri-Fit distance learning course different than other older adult fitness certifications? Answer
Do I have to bring weights to class for the participants to use, or do they bring their own? Answer
Are any workouts included in the Advanced Strength Training Techniques for Older Adults continuing education course? Answer
I'm certified by YogaFit. Will Geri-Fit's recognized training programs apply toward my YogaFit recertification requirements? Answer
Am I able to give or share my user name and password with my friend or colleague? Answer
How did Geri-Fit get started? Answer
I am unable to log-on to Geri-Fit's training website. How do I regain access? Answer
Are there any requirements for teaching classes at Geri-Fit locations in southern California? Answer
Getting Certified to teach Index
Question Answer
Do all instructors need to go through training before becoming a certified Geri-Fit instructor? Answer
Am I able to take Geri-Fit training even if I don't want to buy a license? Answer
There are two methods in becoming a Geri-Fit® instructor: an in-person 1 day training, and online training. Which is the better way to learn? Answer
How do I take the Practical Exam? Answer
How long will it take for me to learn Geri-Fit's Advanced Strength Training Techniques online course? Answer
Where can I teach once I get certified in Geri-Fit? Answer
I am Zumba Gold certified. Does that qualify me to teach the Geri-Fit program? Answer
If I don't pass the practical exam, can I take it again? Answer
How do I obtain the Geri-Fit lesson plans? Answer
What materials do I receive when taking the Geri-Fit online continuing education course? Answer
If I am an approved FLEX instructor, can I teach Geri-Fit under the Silver Sneakers health plans? Answer
What type of training will I receive when taking the Geri-Fit certification? Answer
How do I obtain the Affidavit to get my Practical Exam graded? Answer
What are some of the skills needed to become a certified Geri-Fit instructor? Answer
If I don't take the written exam and/or practical exam, can I still get 2.0 CEUs or CECs or contact hours recorded? Answer
I am a certified Yoga instructor but would like additional training in order to teach older adult fitness? Will your distance learning class accomplish that? Answer